UNITED STATES

Affidavit reveals new information from scene of Idaho student deaths

Jan 5, 2023, 11:27 AM | Updated: Jan 6, 2023, 8:50 am

...

(CNN) — One of the two roommates who survived the fatal November stabbings of four University of Idaho students told investigators she saw a masked man dressed in black in the house the morning of the attack, according to a probable cause affidavit released Friday in prosecutors’ case against suspect Bryan Kohberger.

The roommate, identified in the document as D.M., said she “heard crying” in the house the morning of the murders. She heard a male voice say, ‘it’s ok, I’m going to help you.'” D.M. said she then saw a “figure clad in black clothing and a mask that covered the person’s mouth and nose walking towards her,” the affidavit says.

“D.M. described the figure as 5’ 10″ or taller, male, not very muscular, but athletically built with bushy eyebrows,” the affidavit says. “The male walked past D.M. as she stood in a ‘frozen shock phase.'”

“The male walked towards the back sliding glass door. D.M. locked herself in her room after seeing the male,” the document says. Adding the roommate did not recognize the male.

The release of the affidavit — which also says a DNA profile obtained from the trash at the Pennsylvania home of Kohberger’s family matched DNA on a tan leather knife sheath found at the scene of the killings — comes as the 28-year-old suspect makes his first court appearance in Idaho, where faces four counts of first-degree murder and one count of burglary.

Kohberger was booked into the Latah County, Idaho, jail Wednesday night after being extradited from his home state of Pennsylvania, where he was arrested last Friday, almost seven weeks after Kaylee Goncalves, 21; Madison Mogen, 21; Xana Kernodle, 20; and Ethan Chapin, 20, were found fatally stabbed in an off-campus home in the college town of Moscow, Idaho.

Like Idaho quadruple murder case, Utah police have used forensic genealogy

The affidavit addresses some questions authorities have so far left unanswered. Namely some of the steps used to identify Kohberger as a suspect: Per the document, officials zeroed in on the 28-year-old because his driver’s license information and photograph. They are consistent with the surviving roommate’s description of the figure clad in black.

An officer at nearby Washington State University located a 2015 white Hyundai Elantra. Washington State is where Kohberger was a PhD student in the criminal justice program. The Elantra, residing in an apartment complex, was registered to Kohberger.

At the time of his arrest last week, they found a white Elantra at Kohberger’s parents’ house in Pennsylvania. According to Monroe County Chief Public Defender Jason LaBar, who said Kohberger went home for the holidays.

Additionally, trash was obtained from the home of Kohberger’s family late last month was sent for DNA testing to the Idaho State Lab, the affidavit says. The lab “reported that a DNA profile obtained from the trash” matched a tan leather knife sheath found “laying on the bed” of one of the victims.

Also, phone records also indicate Kohberger’s phone was near the victims’ residence. The document says at least 12 times between June 2022 to the present day. “All of these occasions, except for one, occurred in the late evening and early morning hours of their respective days.”

A court order prohibits the prosecution and defense from commenting beyond referencing the public records of the case.

The-CNN-Wire
™ & © 2023 Cable News Network, Inc., a Warner Bros. Discovery Company. All rights reserved.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

United States

Republican presidential candidate former President Donald Trump speaks at a primary election night ...

MEG KINNARD and WILL WEISSERT Associated Press

Trump wins South Carolina, easily beating Haley in her home state and closing in on GOP nomination

Donald Trump won South Carolina's Republican primary on Saturday further consolidating his path to a third straight GOP nomination.

15 hours ago

...

Associated Press

Denver police looking for former funeral home owner after body kept in hearse for 2 years

Police said 33-year-old Miles Harford was cooperating with investigators last week. But on Thursday, police said he hadn't turned himself in.

3 days ago

Odysseus passes over the near side of the moon following lunar orbit insertion on February 21. (Int...

Jackie Wattles, CNN

Historic Odysseus moon mission reaches the lunar surface

The landing is a historic one, marking the first commercial spacecraft to soft-land on the moon.

3 days ago

boeing logo...

Associated Press

Boeing ousts head of 737 jetliner program weeks after panel blowout on a flight over Oregon

Boeing announced the departure of Ed Clark, who had been with the company for 18 years.

4 days ago

A pail rests next to caution tape on a beach in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Fla., on Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2...

Associated Press

Young girl killed when a hole she dug in the sand collapsed on a Florida beach, authorities said

A young girl died Tuesday when a deep hole she was digging collapsed on her at a south Florida beach, authorities said.

4 days ago

kansas city shooting...

NICK INGRAM Associated Press

2 adults are charged with murder in the deadly shooting at Kansas City’s Super Bowl celebration

The new charges come after two juveniles were charged for the Kansas City shooting last week.

5 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Mother and cute toddler child in a little fancy wooden cottage, reading a book, drinking tea and en...

Visit Bear Lake

How to find the best winter lodging in Bear Lake, Utah

Winter lodging in Bear Lake can be more limited than in the summer, but with some careful planning you can easily book your next winter trip.

Happy family in winter clothing at the ski resort, winter time, watching at mountains in front of t...

Visit Bear Lake

Ski more for less: Affordable ski resorts near Bear Lake, Utah

Plan your perfect ski getaway in Bear Lake this winter, with pristine slopes, affordable tickets, and breathtaking scenery.

front of the Butch Cassidy museum with a man in a cowboy hat standing in the doorway...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking Back: The History of Bear Lake

The history of Bear Lake is full of fascinating stories. At over 250,000 years old, the lake has seen generations of people visit its shores.

silhouette of a family looking over a lake with a bird in the top corner flying...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

8 Fun Activities To Do in Bear Lake Without Getting in the Water

Bear Lake offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy without having to get in the water. Catch 8 of our favorite activities.

Wellsville Mountains in the spring with a pond in the foreground...

Wasatch Property Management

Advantages of Renting Over Owning a Home

Renting allows you to enjoy luxury amenities and low maintenance without the long-term commitment and responsibilities of owning a home.

Clouds over a red rock vista in Hurricane, Utah...

Wasatch Property Management

Why Southern Utah is a Retirement Paradise

Retirement in southern Utah offers plenty of cultural and recreational opportunities. Find out all that this region has to offer.

Affidavit reveals new information from scene of Idaho student deaths